By: Joe Strupp
Schoofs To Become Wall St. Journal’s 2nd Reporter In Africa
by Joe Strupp
Mark Schoofs, The Village Voice reporter whose eight-part series
on AIDS in Africa won the Pulitzer Prize earlier this year, has
joined The Wall Street Journal, according to Dow Jones spokesperson
Richard Tofel, who said Schoofs will become the daily newspaper’s
second reporter based in Africa.
‘He’s going to report on Africa for us out of Uganda and New York;
those will be his bases of operation,’ Tofel said. ‘We think he is
a very big talent and his work will fit nicely into the territory we,
and he, have already staked out there.’
Schoofs, 37, drew industry-wide acclaim in 1999 for the eight-part
series published by the Voice in November and December, which focused
on the growing AIDS crisis throughout Africa. The series, which won
the first reporting Pulitzer ever for an alternative paper, followed
six months of research by Schoofs, who had been with the Voice for
five years prior to the assignment. Voice editors have said the
research cost them $17,000 in expenses over and above Schoofs’ salary.
Schoofs, who could not be reached for comment because he is in Africa
until September, joined the Journal on Aug. 1, Tofel said. The spokesman
would not specify exactly what Schoofs’ beat would include, but said he
would report to foreign editor John Bussey.
Voice Editor-in-Chief Don Forst said Schoofs received a hefty pay raise
from the Journal, which the Voice offered to match. But, he added, ‘I
couldn’t have matched the millions of daily subscribers.’ Forst said
Schoofs left the paper on good terms and wished him well.
Joe Strupp (email@example.com) is an associate editor for E&P.
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